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Barcelona boss calls end to new defender search

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Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino appears to have ended his pursuit of a new centre-back ahead of the new season by insisting he is happy with his current squad.

Barcelona have been linked with a wide array of defenders this summer, including PSG’s Thiago Silva, Chelsea’s David Luiz and Liverpool’s Daniel Agger.

According to reports last week the Catalan club lodged a bid for Luiz, who is said to have told boss Jose Mourinho he wants to leave Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho has moved to deny that claim and insists the Brazilian international is not for sale this summer – and it appears as though the Special One has got his way.

Speaking ahead of Barcelona’s first game of their La Liga campaign Martino insisted he was happy to wait until the January window before adding to his squad.

"A new centre-back? I'm happy with the team I have," he said. There's always the January window if we need anything. Last year's problems in defence were the result of injuries. We have enough options if everybody's fit," Martino said at a press conference.

"Puyol is on schedule with his recovery process. We are awaiting his return and expect him to be match fit again come September.

"We have Puyi in defence, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Marc Bartra and even Adriano. If someone gets injured, the January transfer window is only months away."

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